Hello everyone. It’s a new summer, and at our firm here in Manhattan, a new generation of summers have come to enjoy the splendors of the un-attainably high dining budget, envelopes full of cash that accompany baseball game tickets, and free front row seats to sold-out plays.
It’s funny to think that it’s already been more than three years for my business partner and I, who have worked hard on this guide and these postings over the past several years, advised our customers, and held down these, pretty stressful corporate law jobs at the same time. Though it is often difficult to live in the moment, or take a deep breath and look back at the things we’ve built and achieved, I took a brief respite this morning and thought about how many people we have been able to help, whether they bought our guide or not. Having done so, I felt a great sense of accomplishment.
More affirming than the numbers and the content that we’ve been able to produce, was something that happened just the other day:
I always try to gather from our new classes what kind of things they did to prepare for their OCI and interviews. I get a range of answers, from doing almost nothing, to almost obsessive, and really, excessive preparation. Having had the guide on sale in one form or another for a little over two recruiting seasons, for the first time one of our summers mentioned using it to good result in getting a callback at our firm, and even in the ultimate decision to take the offer. I couldn’t believe it! She didn’t know that I was behind the guide, nor how much work my business partner and I had put into getting this website together. It just came out in casual conversation! Now, I had seen the numbers, and had always been aware abstractly that as a simple matter of statistics it was possible folks in our massive summer classes could have read or heard of our work, but this was the first real, living, proof of our success in reaching people and actually being of use to them.
That made me quite happy.
It’s this sort of thing that keeps us going. And we wanted to thank all our customers out there, as well as tell you all that in the next few weeks we will be pushing further updates to the guide. All revisions will be automatic for existing users, and new users can expect renewed content and more advise based both on our assessments of the market, as well as knowledge we’ve gleamed from chatting with partners and successful OCI candidates over the past year.
Thanks for your patronage in what has been a phenomenal year for us and our users. At my firm, we have just sent off our summer associates, finished off the recruiting season, and are seeing the acceptances and declines trickle in. All in all, people are making good choices, and getting good results. Soon, the newest associates will show up.
I was at a cocktail party at the firm last night, and chatted with a few people, one partner, a couple of mid levels, and a senior associate, about the folks they’ve been interviewing over the past few days. What they said reminded me to write this article.
By the type of questions they ask, callback interviewers can be roughly broken into two types:
Hey folks, callback season has begun. Partners have been out on OCIs across the country the past few weeks, and the results are trickling in from campuses. At our firm, we are anticipating up to 30 call-back interviewees per day over the course of the next two weeks, and I myself have been interviewing two or three candidates a week.
Hey folks, check out our guest article on the Girl’s Guide to Law School, on dealing with adverse facts during interviews.
Today I interviewed someone for callback, and if you haven’t read our articles before, I work at a V15 firm. Now, if you know a lot about NYC white shoe firms and their interviewing timelines, you might wonder, how has this guy secured an interview even before OCI has begun at most T10 schools? The answer: he didn’t.
Readers: from June 13th onwards, we will be doing an articles series. A new article will appear each week containing practical tips on interviewing, as we count the weeks to the start of OCI.
First article: 3 ways to project confidence in interviews.
Second article: 5 tips for men on how to dress for your interview.
Fourth Article: Bids must be submitted soon. Here’s what you must think about.
Fifth Article: A reminder, start early, be prepared.